Cosatu: Zuma's Sona must tackle mining issues

Cosatu wants Zuma to commit to tackling issues in the mining industry when he delivers the Sona.

FILE. President Jacob Zuma will deliver his State of the Nation Address (Sona) on Tuesday 17 June. Picture: Sapa

JOHANNESBURG - The Congress of South Africa Trade Unions (Cosatu) says it expects President Jacob Zuma to make a commitment that government will tackle underlying problems in the mining industry, when he delivers his State of the Nation Address (Sona) on Tuesday.

The president will address the nation on Tuesday evening, on what his government's plan of action will be over the next five years.

Zuma will deliver his speech against the backdrop of the Fitch Group's recent outlook for the country.

The ratings agency changed South Africa's outlook from stable to negative, citing ongoing mass strike action on the platinum belt and constrained electricity supply as factors in its revision.

Cosatu spokesperson Patrick Craven says, "We need to look at the problems which Marikana and the recent strike have been a symptom of. And that is the terrible state of labour relations, the low pay and the appalling living conditions in the surrounding communities."

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